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Genre: Scrolling shoot 'em up

Group Description

The genre commonly referred to as "shoot 'em up" (often abbreviated to shmup) has originated with the fixed-screen top-down shooter Space Invaders (1978). This group, however, includes only scrolling (horizontally, vertically, in an isometric or 3D fashion) shooters. In these games, the player controls a character (most commonly an aircraft) that must defend himself against large amounts of enemies by shooting at them. This style of game is generally agreed to have originated with Konami's Scramble (1981) and Namco's Xevious (1982). The player is able to control the character's movement in at least two (more commonly four) directions; however, the forward motion is also determined by the speed of the scrolling. Besides shooting at enemies, the player is also commonly engaged in collecting power-ups, which typically enhance the character's weapons or defense.

In order to be included in this group, the shooter should answer the two main conditions: scrolling environments and free movement in at least two directions: vertical in side-scrolling games, horizontal in top-down ones. This means that fixed-screen shoot-'em-ups, chase-view shooters, and rail shooters should not be included in this group. Side-scrolling shooters in which the playable character is restricted in his movements (i.e. is unable to sustain himself in the air for a prolonged period of time, having to jump over obstacles or platforms to proceed, etc.) should be excluded as well.

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sorted in ascending orderGame TitleYearPlatformPublisherMobyScore
Power Strike II1993SEGA Master SystemSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.91
Powerstrike II1993Game GearSEGA Enterprises Ltd.3.96
Power-Up2014WindowsPsychotic Psoftware2.83
Prehistoric Isle 21999ArcadeSNK Corporation4.50
PREHISTORIC ISLE in 19301989Arcade, PlayStation 3, PSPSNK Playmore USA Corp.3.60
Procyon2014WindowsDeadly Red Cube4.00
Progear2001ArcadeCapcom U.S.A., Inc.4.00
Project-X1992Amiga, DOSPsygnosis Limited3.61
Protoganda: Strings2007WindowsCactus Software2.43
ProtoType2006WindowsCastle Software4.17
Psichodelya2014Linux, Macintosh, WindowsKISS ltd1.17
Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 2: Sengoku Ace & Sengoku Blade2004PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Psikyo Shooting Collection Vol. 3: Sol Divide & Dragon Blaze2005PlayStation 2Taito Corporation...
Psychic Storm1992TurboGrafx CDShin-Nihon Laser Soft Co., Ltd....
Psycho Chaser1990TurboGrafx-16, WiiNaxat Soft3.67
Psychosis1990TurboGrafx-16, WiiHudson Entertainment, Inc.2.42
Psyvariar 22003Arcade, Dreamcast, PlayStation 2, XboxSuccess Corp.4.00
Psyvariar: Complete Edition2002PlayStation 2Empire Interactive Europe Ltd.3.75
Pulstar1995Arcade, Neo Geo, Neo Geo CD, WiiD4 Enterprise, Inc.4.36
Q10 Tankbuster1992Amstrad CPC, Commodore 64, ZX SpectrumZeppelin Games Limited1.80
QP Shooting: Dangerous!!2014WindowsFruitbat Factory, Inc.4.17
QS Defender1981ZX80, ZX81Quicksilva Ltd....
Quasar Wars1996AmigaLight Designs...
Rabbit Punch1987Arcade, TurboGrafx-16Bally Midway Manufacturing Co., Inc.3.42
Radiant2009Android, GameStick, iPad, iPhone, Macintosh, Ouya, Windows Apps, Windows PhoneHexage Ltd3.20
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Selected Covers

Psycho Chaser TurboGrafx-16 Front Cover
Front cover for Psycho Chaser
Project-X DOS Front Cover
Front cover for Project-X
Psychosis Wii Front Cover
Front cover for Psychosis
Psichodelya Linux Front Cover
Front cover for Psichodelya

Selected Screenshots

Screenshot from Prehistoric Isle 2
Title screen
Screenshot from Psycho Chaser
Title screen
Screenshot from Psychic Storm
Title screen
Screenshot from Project-X
Title Screen.
Screenshot from Q10 Tankbuster